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New book recalls the women of Vatican II

posted 2 Aug 2012, 15:30 by Stefan Gigacz
Italian writer Adriana Valerio has just published a new book, Madri del Concilio. Ventitré donne al Vaticano II (Mothers of the Council. Twenty three women at Vatican II).

The 23 women were present, summoned on 8 September 1964 as auditors by Paul VI, and thus they were shaped by an adverb, which limited their work but perhaps increased their responsibility: “symbolically”, Cristiani Dobner writes in L'Osservatore Romano.

"We owe many thanks to the Pope who succeeded in breaking the age-old barrier even if these women were confined to a modest role, deliberately modest, because a numerous and qualified offspring was born from this initiative," says Dobner. "The split took place, the fruits continued to blossom."

"These women/mothers mark the watershed between two conceptions of women: one which relegates her to household tasks and low-profile help and the other, which takes into consideration all of her potential for intelligence and care, understood as it was understood by the patroness of Europe Edith Stein, who was able to listen and know how to welcome others."

Mothers of Vatican II (Osservatore Romano)